After a series of financial setbacks last year, the Friends of Animals Humane Society in Cloquet made the decision to close its doors by Aug. 5, according to interim director Mary Nelson. It is no longer accepting strays effective immediately. "I came on board eight months ago as interim director to see if we were sustainable and could become a viable business," Nelson said. In the end, there were just too many hurdles to overcome, she said. However, there is hope that the closing will be temporary.
Cloquet Interiors owner Jim Abrahamson said Wednesday the store is open for business again after a May 3 fire destroyed its showroom and warehouse and caused an estimated $1.5 million in damage. Instead of a massive showroom, workers are currently operating out of a 30-foot temporary office space, he said, but they are on-site and he's already making plans for the future. "We intend to build a new showroom, and we're going to move forward," Abrahamson said.
A huge plume of black smoke rose north of Cloquet after a large fire broke out at the Cloquet Interiors store at 227 Minnesota Highway 33 just before 4 p.m. Thursday. The adjacent highway was closed while crews tried to keep the fire from spreading to the dry grass, brush and trees that surround the site. According to Cloquet Area Fire District Chief Kevin Schroeder, the main showroom and carpet warehouse were the site of the fire.
The Applebee’s restaurant in Cloquet will close its doors for good Sunday. In a note to customers on the door of the restaurant, the company said that after 12 years of business in Cloquet, it is finished. “The business economics of the restaurant are no longer favorable and the decision to close was a hard one,” the note said.
The city of Carlton is taking a stand against copper-nickel sulfide mining. Carlton city councilors Ann Gustafson, Heather MacDonald and Mayor Kitty Bureau passed a resolution at the Feb. 14 council meeting in support of a moratorium on copper-nickel sulfide mining in the St. Louis River watershed.
The Duluth school district’s director of curriculum and instruction is among three finalists for superintendent of the Cloquet school district. Interviews with Michael Cary and the other two finalists — Brian Corlett, superintendent of Central Public Schools in Norwood Young America, Minn., and Jeremy Olson, superintendent of the Underwood and Henning school districts in Minnesota — will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
This weekend will mark the 10th year that the Chub Lake Tree Farm near Carlton has hosted the Trees for Troops event, and the 13th year of the nationwide program which sends donated trees to military families. Chub Lake Tree Farm owners Bev and James Whorton will celebrate the event Saturday and Sunday with members of the local National Guard unit, Crazy Troop 1-94 CAV.
Avenue C restaurant in Cloquet has not opened for business since Friday, and staff members from the restaurant say they found out last Thursday night that the restaurant was closing. The restaurant had been open for less than a year, after lengthy and extensive renovations to the space formerly occupied by Eclipse Paint and Design Studio in Cloquet’s West End.
Cloquet police say the body of a 33-year-old man was discovered in a wooded area near South Laurel and South Oak streets on Monday evening. Three elementary school-aged boys discovered the man, who they initially thought was still alive and possibly intoxicated, police said. They told a nearby homeowner, who discovered the man was deceased. The boys had been out searching for a lost dog when they spotted the body.
Chub Lake Tree Farm near Carlton is once again taking part in a national effort called "Trees for Troops," with the local event scheduled for next weekend, Dec. 3-4. Through 2015, more than 176,000 free, farm-grown Christmas trees have been provided to troops and military families in the U.S. and overseas through Trees for Troops. FedEx delivers the trees to about 65 military bases in the U.S. and overseas and has logged more than 653,400 miles in the U.S. for the Trees for Troops program.